After having a tenuous hold on the athletic director position at Colorado for the past two years, Mike Bohn has finally been relieved of his duties.
In an official statement sent out by the University of Colorado Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano on Tuesday afternoon Bohn has “resigned” as the athletic director but all signs point to him being forced out.
Here’s the statement from CU:
“Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change,” said DiStefano. “We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men’s and women’s basketball, helping us to join the Pac-12 Conference, and in taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at CU-Boulder. We wish him well.”
Even though Bohn was signed to a five year extension in 2011, one that would secure him through 2017, the initial fundraising efforts to raise $50 million for their $170 million upgrade to CU athletics facilities has been lackluster and a need for change was in store. Pair that with poor handling of the football program, specifically bad coaching hires, and it added up to Bohn being let go after eight years on the job.
Bohn did plenty of positives for Colorado after taking over in April of 2005. He spearheaded the move from the Big 12 to the Pac 12 in June 2010, a move that was the best option for Colorado in the shifting college conference landscape. Besides the change of conferences, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was the hiring of Tad Boyle and Linda Lappe to take over the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Both coaches have been tremendous since their hiring and have revitalized the entire basketball culture at CU.
With the recent success by the basketball program, from the looks of it, this move was purely based on football performance and the lack of success that the program had since he took over. Colorado has not had a winning record since 2005 and two poor coaching hires in the process, Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree, didn’t help his case. The timing of the move is a bit odd but now what does that mean for the newest football hire of Mike MacIntyre? Will he still have the same timeline to succeed as he would if Bohn was still around? That remains to be seen but it’s something to look for as this new saga begins.
So where does Colorado go from here? Obviously they have to find a new AD to take over for Bohn but the Colorado opening is a lot more attractive now than it was when Bohn took over in 2005. They are in a good position in the Pac 12, especially with the TV rights money that is continuing to roll in, they don’t have a huge PR issue like they did when Bohn took over (Gary Barnett ordeal) and the basketball program is better than it has ever been before.
The search will soon begin to find Bohn’s successor and for most Colorado fans and alumni it couldn’t have come any sooner.